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The University of Tennessee System Earns 2022 Great Place to Work Certification™


KNOXVILLE – For the first time in history, the University of Tennessee System has earned its certification as a great place to work.

The Great Place to Work Certification™ is determined by what current employees say about their experience working at the University of Tennessee System, its campuses and institutes. This year, 72% of employees rated the UT System as a great place to work – 15 points higher than the average U.S. company. Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience, and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue, employee retention and increased innovation.

“As we work to make this the greatest decade in UT history, our employees are at the very core of how we deliver services to our campuses and institutes across the state,” UT System President Randy Boyd said. “We have worked hard to shape culture, build purpose and enhance team cohesion, and this certification is one indication that we are successfully living out our values.”

Among the top statements garnered from UT employees, this survey found:

  • 91% of employees have confidence that the UT System is a physically safe place to work
  • 84% of employees feel comfortable taking time off from work when necessary
  • 84% of employees feel they are given a lot of responsibility
  • 83% of employees feel good about the ways the UT System contributes to the community
  • 82% of employees take pride in telling others they work for the UT System

“We are excited about achieving this certification and even more thankful to our employees across the UT System for their feedback that made it possible,” UT System Chief Human Resources Officer Brian Dickens said. “While we enjoy this designation, we are intentional about being a great place to work by remaining responsive to the diverse needs of our employees.”

According to Great Place to Work research, job seekers are 4.5 times more likely to find a great boss at a Certified great workplace. Additionally, employees at Certified workplaces are 93% more likely to look forward to coming to work, and are twice as likely to be paid fairly, earn a fair share of the company’s profits and have a fair chance at promotion.

About the University of Tennessee System 
The University of Tennessee is a statewide system of higher education with campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin, Memphis and Pulaski; the UT Institute of Agriculture with a presence in every Tennessee county; and the statewide Institute for Public Service. The UT System manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory through its UT-Battelle partnership; enrolls about 54,000 students statewide; produces about 13,000 new graduates every year; and represents more than 433,000 alumni around the world.

About Great Place to Work Certification™
Great Place to Work® Certification™ is the most definitive “employer-of-choice” recognition that companies aspire to achieve. It is the only recognition based entirely on what employees report about their workplace experience – specifically, how consistently they experience a high-trust workplace. Great Place to Work Certification is recognized worldwide by employees and employers alike and is the global benchmark for identifying and recognizing outstanding employee experience. Every year, more than 10,000 companies across 60 countries apply to get Great Place to Work-Certified.

About Great Place to Work®
Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. Since 1992, they have surveyed more than 100 million employees worldwide and used those deep insights to define what makes a great workplace: trust. Their employee survey platform empowers leaders with the feedback, real-time reporting and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. Everything they do is driven by the mission to build a better world by helping every organization become a great place to work For All™.

Melissa Tindell, 865-974-0741, mtindell@tennessee.edu, 505 Summer Place, UT Tower #1236, Knoxville, TN 37902

Natalie Keener, 865-974-4211, nkeener@tennessee.edu, 505 Summer Place, UT Tower #1241A, Knoxville, TN 37902